Sudbury speed to time trial victory

Cycle Club Sudbury's Matt Shotbolt
Cycle Club Sudbury's Matt Shotbolt

CYCLE Club Sudbury romped to victory in their traditional inter club time trial event against Colchester Rovers.

Some 47 eager riders took part in the race against the clock on the Lavenham circuit last Thursday evening.

And for the third year in succession Sudbury won the event, 231 points to 223 points, with their riders finishing first, third, fifth, seventh and eighth.

The fastest five riders from each club score points based on their finishing positions with 50 points for first down to 40 for 10th place.

The race is always held on the B10/39 Lavenham course over the traditional 10 miles. The course has been revised slightly this year with the start moved down to approximately opposite the church in Lavenham, making the start more challenging with further to climb before descending down the hill towards Great Waldingfield.

The event was well marshalled, as ever, with people in high visibility jackets at the turn and other potential risk areas.

Fastest over the line for Sudbury was Simon Wright in 22 minutes 26 seconds, followed by Matt Shotbolt 23.21, Rob Davies 23.27, Simon Daw 23.30 and James Rush 23.39.

Shotbolt’s ride sparks a return to form for a rider coming back from injury after a nasty accident with a car in the winter and if his improvement continues, with youth on his side, he is a contender to push Wright in the club championship.

Colchester’s scoring riders were Mark Lloyd 23.07, Adrian Manley 23.22, Phil Jarvis 23.29, Jim Reed 23.42 and Nick Webber 23.50. The winning points margin appears large but the times show that seven riders were separated by only 21 seconds.

Colchester have a strong ladies section and there were eight competing on the night.

Fastest lady on the night was Colchester’s Julie Baker in 25.44 followed by Debra Peck in 26.48.

Several Sudbury riders had strong rides including Trevor Pillet 25.59 and the rapidly improving Darren Pratt 25.29 in only his second season of racing, certainly one to watch for the future.

CC Sudbury had 26 riders competing on the night which speaks volumes for the interest in the sport at the moment.

With the London Olympics fast approaching and Great Britain one of the favourites for the time trial, the club hopes to see more youngsters competing in the Thursday night TT series.

Next week’s event is the eight-mile Acton circuit, with the race starting at 7.30pm.